growing your own ginger supplies

That ginger root from the grocery store can be rooted and can grow into a beautiful, flowering plant in the garden. It will quickly reproduce additional rhizomes, and you will never need to purchase ginger again. Of course, you need to live in an area hospitable to ginger plants. But my experiment with growing ginger started on my countertop, where a 3-week-old rhizome had already begun to grow.

You can get an endless supply of fresh ginger by planting it. But while you wait, you also enjoy a beautiful flowering plant.

Decorative Flowering Ginger

Most ginger grows from rhizome roots, and these plants are edible. But not all ginger tastes the same. Many beautiful flowering plants yield bland rootstock.

I grow several types of ginger in my yard. There are more than 1,600 different ginger species, and most are edible. The most common is a spicy flavor used to make gingerbread. Other types are less potent and even unpleasant tasting.

Pinecone ginger is an impressive and hardy plant.
Pinecone ginger is healing and valuable in medicines.

Awapuhi, or pinecone ginger, is popular in the southeastern US. It is a tropical plant favored by florists for its bright red pinecone-shaped flowers.

It is also known as shampoo ginger. The fragrant liquid squeezed from its flower is the predominant ingredient in ginger-scented shampoos.

Awapuhi is a tropical plant and needs well-drained soil to bloom and grow.

Grocery store ginger is usually Canton Chinese Ginger variety. It grows on stalks and produces additional rhizomes quickly in favorable climates and gardens.

The flowers are usually red but may turn pink or soft purple based on alkalinity and minerals in your soil. Ginger roots are a bargain.

It is best to harvest the roots after blooming to keep the propagation under control.

Canton or Common ginger is usually what you'll find in the grocery store.
Common Ginger

Getting Ginger to Grow

Growing ginger is simple, but you must follow some basic steps to ensure your plants will root.

A ginger tuber taking root.
  1. Buy a fresh root. An older piece is soft, and its skin is loose and flakey.
  2. Soak a knuckle of the root in water overnight.
  3. Break or cut the ginger piece into two pieces at least 1-inch in size.
  4. Bury the root cut side down in a container or garden soil and cover it with an inch of fresh dirt.
  5. The first shoot should appear within 7 to 10 days.

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